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Elite River Rescue Courses on the Ottawa River

This 2 day course, builds upon the skills taught in R3-Rec and coached in R3 Pro. R3-Elite’s instructional emphasis is placed on Critiquing, Correcting and Evaluating the actions taken in a series of SCENARIO DRIVEN evolutions. Each course includes actual river running (raft, canoe or kayak).

Realistic rescue scenarios are developed along the way allowing participants to gain real hands on experience. R3-Elite is a great way to keep your skills honed and fine tuned. A Rescue Skills Assessment allows participants to leave the class knowing what they are good at and what they should practice more. Certified by Sierra Rescue International Prerequisites: WRT-A, R3-Pro , ACA Level 4/5 or equivalent.

What’s Included in your adventure

Course manual, a Sierra Rescue International Certification as well as a Certificate of Completion for Level 5 River Safety and Rescue from The American Canoe Association upon completion of the course.

Students are required to bring or rent their own personal safety equipment (helmet, PFD, river clothing/shoes). Meals and accommodation are not included in the course cost. See below for meal/accommodation options for courses held at Esprit.

What to Bring

Students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment for the course: Water/kayak helmet, Type III-V whitewater approved lifejacket/PFD (preferably with a tethered swimmer harness), thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes (footwear should be a combination of sturdy with grip for moving quickly on slippery rocks plus lightweight and quick draining for swimming), gloves, drytop/drysuit/wetsuit (wetsuits/drysuits available for rent), polypropylene/synthetic long sleeve shirt & tights/leggings, insulating layers, swimsuit, quick dry shorts, sunscreen, towel, bag to carry wet clothing to and from river, dryland clothing, personal effects, as well as tent, headlamp/flashlight & sleeping bag if camping.

Recertification Note: There is no recommended recertification for this course. It is recommended to upgrade to R3-Pro within 3 years.


Customize your Rescue Course with Esprit by adding any of the following options:


Option Options Details Amount
Accommodations Camping (bring your own tent)

Platform tent rental





Meals Breakfast


Ultimate BBQ




Equipment PFD (lifejacket)










Esprit is a world renown leader, innovator and provider of water rescue training for the commercial and recreational whitewater industries. All courses are offered by Esprit in association with Sierra Rescue International and the American Canoe Association (ACA) Contact for more info.